If seeing the new and diabolically repulsive ways the Islamic State commits murder with movie-studio quality production values doesn’t erode your sense of humanity as a basically “good” species, then you either don’t know what “good” is, or you’re hopelessly callow.
I feel as if we’re living in the age of Tomás de Torquemada, where there is no Christopher Columbus to discover new worlds to conquer or flee the carnage, but there’s plenty of Youtube to promulgate the Inquisition and its horrors.
ISIS used multiple camera angles, underwater videography, high production-value editing, studio lighting, and talented directors to produce the ultimate “snuff” video, complete with closeups and slow-motion. Don’t watch it. It’s unspeakably awful.
Men are drowned in a cage lowered into a pool by a crane, roasted in a car by a rocket-propelled grenade, and simultaneously beheaded using detonator cord. The reason I’m describing the video in such detail is so you won’t watch it. Really, don’t watch it.
Yes, I watched it. I typically go out of my way to avoid seeing such brutality (and this has to be the most bloodthirsty wickedness beyond words that humans can perpetrate on other humans; the only possible small charity is that their victims died quickly). But I felt that this particular video represents a change in both the quality of the production as well as the raw violence and unrestrained joy the sick bastards had in killing.
This wasn’t simply beheading infidels, which has been going on since the dawn of Islam. It’s an evil of the human spirit unreserved and unrestrained, presented to be shared with others whom it attracts like the pull of an ungoverned land free for the powerful to take from the weak.
The Bible confirms this evil unrestrained in 2 Timothy 1-5.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
The “last days” is a subjective term—Christians have been preaching it for years, even centuries—but it’s undeniable that we have achieved a level of ennui and inoculation to evil. In 1490 there was plenty of evil and torture, but Torquemada didn’t have a billion people watching him. The nexus of violence and worldwide media is a giant red sign of the times.
In Matthew 24 and Luke 17, Jesus said that the last days and His coming will be “as it was in the days of Noah.” Because in those days, “people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
People have been eating and drinking, marrying, and all the other things people do for millennia since Noah. What was so unique about the days of Noah? Genesis 6:11-12.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
Not everyone in Noah’s day was corrupt: Noah himself was righteous, and today there are devout and committed Christians all over the world. But the world is awash in corruption—pornography, violence, greed and exploitation are the rule in many places, while humanists search for solutions within the human spirit.
As radio host, conservative realist and Orthodox Jew Dennis Prager wrote, the core of left-wing thought is a rejection of painful realities.
Liberals find it too painful to look reality in the eye and acknowledge that human nature is deeply flawed. This is especially so because left-wing thought is rooted in secularism, and if you don’t believe in God, you had better believe in humanity — or you will despair.
Watching ISIS gleefully put its victims to grisly and barbarous deaths, while investing in Hollywood technology to capture the event in high definition, leads to one of two conclusions: God is coming soon, or we must all despair at the horribly broken condition of the human spirit.
Inventing a different reality—Star Trek, Tomorrowland, Galt’s Gulch—is the only way liberals have to avoid despair, so they stick to their narratives, follow their feelings, and deny the harsh truths of life by banning any words, symbols and even thoughts that pierce their fantasy.
Hence, we have the leftist thought leaders of the world converging on America, where racial discord is a metaphor for the aching of the soul that comes with the hopelessness of a world beyond saving. We should remember that the call for removing the “stars and bars” is only a small symptom of the mental disease of the Left.
In Charleston, the most recent scene of wanton death and evil, grieving residents have found the cure that so eludes the left’s grasp. And that restores my faith, because He is coming. Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King.
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(crossposted from sgberman.com)